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Please read! Cancellation of Arts & Minds events

The current situation with Coronavirus is really challenging for everyone. The health and safety of Arts & Minds members is our primary concern. Given recent guidance we’re sorry to tell you we are cancelling all Arts & Minds events until further notice. This includes the event at Leeds Playhouse on March 24th; Connect and Create on the first Monday of the month; and all Culture Club meetings and related activities. We will endeavour to return to normal as soon as we are advised it is ok to do so.  Please check Arts & Minds website and your latest Arts & Minds e-bulletins for updates on the current situation.
We are taking these measures based on government guidance.  The government website gives current information on what cornonavirus is and what to do. Please follow their advice, and if you have any worrying symptoms contact 111.
We know how much our members value Arts and Minds events. We are looking at creative ideas that members could use to help them through this difficult time. For example, Mind has some good advice on ways you can protect your mental wellbeing at this stressful time.
If you have any suggestions please email us on [email protected]
Stay safe and keep well. This challenging time will pass.

Winter Newsletter

Our Winter newsletter is ready to download here: WINTER 2020

Check it out!

ByTom Bailey

Arts & Minds Grants 2019

Every year Arts & Minds awards grants to LYPFT NHS services to do high quality arts projects. The idea is to help make mental health servives more creative. All the projects will encourage people with serious mental health issues to express themselves through different art forms. Most of the projects were based on ideas from the people using the services. Last week we met to award the grants to the brilliant staff who had encoraged people to get ideas and applied for the grants. Thank you to Peter Johnstone from LYPFT who presented the awards.

The arts projects will start very soon but here’s a summary of what’s going to happen:

Printmaking at the National Inpatient Centre for Psychological Medicine.
The NICPM will work with Swarthmore to run print workshop. The group will make all sorts of things, including tote bags, t-shirts and more.

Music at the Mother & Baby Unit. 
Mothers and their babies will work with the brilliant “Made with Music” to do just that – make music!

Digital Interactive Art at dementia wards at the Mount. 
People with dementia and their carers will work with Invisible Flock to use the latest digital technology to make artwork.

Tree of Hope at Parkside Lodge.
People with learning disabilties who also have mental health issues will make a Tree of Hope to display in the unit. Artist Kerri Butterworth will help staff use iPads to make them easy to use for people with LD.

Film making at York CAMHS
Young people attending CAMHS will work with artists from Accessible Arts & Media to produce a short film or stop-motion animation based around well-being.

Look out for more updates as the projects start and people begin to make art!

ByTom Bailey

Love Arts: The Future

We want to thank everyone who has contributed their ideas to our think-ins and survey about the future of Love Arts Festival. There were loads of fantastic ideas that we want to make happen with your help. However this will be a long-term plan that will take time to realise. See below for details.

In the meantime we’re going to run a smaller festival in October 2020 that is more achievable for our tiny team’s capacity. Arts & Minds will continue to run its regular activities, including the annual exhibition in the spring.

So what’s happening in 2020?

May 18 – 24 is National Creativity and Wellbeing week, which is joining forces with the BBC Get Creative Festival and the Mental Health Foundation Awareness week to make the country wake up to the benefits of creativity to mental health. We want Arts & Minds exhibition to be part of this exciting development, and will be hosting our annual open exhibition over this period at a venue tbc. Information about submissions will go out in February, but in the meantime get May 2020 in your diary.

In the new year we will invite partners to contribute their performances, films, artworks, conversations, or workshops to an exciting jam-packed festival day that will take place in late October.  We want to help you showcase the amazing work that we know is going on all around the city.  Love Arts 2020 will be a one-day event at one venue in Leeds. Look out soon for details on how you can help us make this happen.

There is a huge potential for Love Arts. Traditionally we’ve been a 2-week festival in October. But there could be a year round series of events that bring the city together under the banner of creativity and mental health. However, it’s certain that the Arts & Minds team can’t manage this. So we’re currently exploring ways to fundraise for a dedicated Love Arts project. This may be a separate entity in itself! The plan is to hold quarterly Love Arts get-togethers to share progress on these big ideas. The first thing is to unite on a vision – decide exactly where we want to go and what we could achieve together. So, if you want to see a future for Love Arts, please join us on Friday December 6th at 2pm – 4pm. Location TBC. Look out for an Eventbrite to register your attendance soon.

Thanks once again for bearing with us as we enter this new chapter for Love Arts. With your help we think we can have a rosy future!

Linda, Tom and Jane
Arts & Minds


Culture Club

The Culture Club is for people who want to see shows, plays, exhibitions, art events and more – with a friendly group. The group meets every month to decide what to see and book tickets. And there are lots of things to see and do. We get cheap Opera tickets, reduced price theatre tickets and lots more special offers.

The Culture Club goes to lots of cultural events every month. It is run by volunteers.

Every month we produce the Culture Club Listings, which the volunteer sends out by email.


Meeting 2nd Monday of every month, 5pm – 7pm


John Lewis Community Meeting Room

John Lewis

4th Floor (near the haberdashery department)

Victoria Gate, Harewood St, Leeds LS2 7AR


Free for meetings – but plays, shows cost as necessary.


Telephone: 0113 2623128
Email: [email protected]


ByTom Bailey


Instrumental is a monthly gig night at Inkwell Arts, run by Cloth Cat, Dave Lynch (an Arts & Minds member) and Inkwell.

Every month the team select the best local music acts to perform in the beautiful space. All the proceeds from the door go to paying for music projects in mental health services in Leeds.

For all the latest information on which acts are playing, please check out the Cloth Cat Facebook Page.

The Venue

Inkwell is a beautiful arts centre converted from the Old Shoulder of Mutton Pub in LS7. The main gallery space is converted into an evening venue with fairy lights, fully functioning bar and ample seating. Audiences can enjoy music close up or from the comfort of the lovely large patio. The bar is stocked with local real ale and other tasty treats and bar snacks.

Where the money goes

All the money from the door goes to paying for art workshops at in-patient mental health hospitals in Leeds, reaching people in serious need of a dose of creativity. A series of music workshops recently occurred at the Newsam Centre in Seacroft. Money made on the bar helps Inkwell keep going as an arts venue, providing art classes and other creative activities and a safe welcoming space for people experiencing mental health difficulties to flourish.

Brief History

Instrumental is a collaboration between Arts & Minds and Cloth Cat. It started in 2011 when Dave Lynch had an idea for ‘one big gig’. Since then, Instrumental have put on gigs at the Swarthmore Centre, at Leeds University and at Oxjam, busked in Trinity Shopping Centre, run song writing workshops and hosted a mini music festival! The partnership with Inkwell has run for 2 years.

The Acts

A huge range of Leeds-based acts play at Instrumental: from singer songwriters to well established bands. Some recent highlights include The Roman Empire, Steph Stephenson, Miranda Arieh, Dylan Brierley, Georgette Hilton and Eclectic Sparks. At every gig we try to feature performers who have had personal experience of mental health issues. We are always looking for acts! If you want to perform please email [email protected]